In which TJ Washburn grills me ruthlessly …

Thomas Washburn Jr., who also has a story out in Northern Frights, did a quick interview with me …

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Q&A With Author Thomas Washburn Jr.

Last week, the Horror Writers of Maine released Northern Frights, an anthology of horror stories set in Maine. I am in it, as is Thomas Washburn Jr. (who also happens to be my boyfriend’s former singer and a cool dude.)

I asked him a few questions below.


What inspired your story?

The Bad Trip was heavily influenced by Italian horror. Filmmakers like Michele Soavi, Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci. I’ve always loved the visceral, chaotic style of their films.  There’s a feeling you’re stepping beyond lucidity in the stories that I admire. It’s part of what makes their particular style of filmmaking so interesting.  Trying to translate that to paper was difficult as they’re two very different mediums, but I did my best to try and create that same feeling.

What are you working on now?

I just recently finished up my first new Novel in a few years called Normal. I have a short story called Family Secret coming out in the next few weeks. I’m also working on a collaboration story with several members of The Horror Writers Of Maine. On top of all that, I’m also doing revisions and re-edits on my older works and will be re-releasing them in the coming months.

What are your thoughts on Maine?

I love the state of Maine. Despite the hardships that often come with living here. I couldn’t picture myself living anywhere else. There’s a deep pride being born and raised here that’s hard to explain to other people. Not to mention it’s a great muse for storytelling.


What are your top 5 favorite books?

That’s a tough one. In no particular order- Little Brothers by Rick Hautala, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, The Dead Hunger series by Eric A. Shelman, The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A Salvatore and The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Tell us a bit about your background.

I was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and raised in the small town of Milo. I spent 16 years playing in and fronting various Metal bands before semi-retiring in 2012. That’s when I rediscovered my passion for writing. I’ve been at it ever since. When I’m not writing or working I like to spend time with my friends, watch Horror movies, read, play video games and spend time outdoors.


Favorite quote?

Not so much a quote as poetry-

Once more into the fray…

Into the last good fight I’ll ever know…

Live and die on this day…

Live and die on this day…

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Horror Authors of Maine – Angi Shearstone


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Grinning Skull Press has just released the an anthology from The Horror Writers of Maine, Northern Frights. The book was edited by David Price, and features an intro by Holly Newstein Hautala. I have a story in it, and am thrilled to be in a book with so many friends, including both of my Tuesday Mayhem Society Cohorts, Peter Dudar and April Hawks. I asked co-contributor Angi Shearstone a few questions.


What inspired your story?

I have some characters in my current large WIP, and had a general idea of their background. I wanted to develop the details of how they first met and plant the seeds of the relationship that followed.

What are you working on now?

A few things! That current large WIP – BloodDreams, a vampire story that kicks off in the 1977 punk scene (a few hundred years after my Northern Frights story). I’ve got the first book mostly settled, and am trying to write out the rest of the first story arc, which I think is two more books. The books started as a conversion from comic book scripts that I wrote, when I decided to put the comic on hold and try writing it all as prose. That’s why I’m not quite sure how many books it should be. Prose gives more opportunity to explore tangents & subplots, whereas comics you have to keep in mind the “budget” of pages & how much stuff one page can handle. I have a time travel story that’s almost done with its ugly first draft stage, and that’s starting to look like 10,000 words despite my plans and best efforts to keep it under 8,000. And I have a ghost story floating around in my head (ha!). I’m hoping to nail that and submit it to the New England Horror Writers anthology.

What are your thoughts on Maine?

Maine is fascinating and has a unique flavor for its part of New England. I especially love Portland, where some good friends live. I haven’t experienced much beyond that yet!

What are your top 5 favorite books?

Ah! This is kinda hard, because after the first two, it’s a mash of things that are about tied. Comics are easier, I’ll include those. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) Good Omens (Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Mur Lafferty’s Afterlife series (Heaven, Hell, etc…) The Harry Potter Series (JK Rowling) The Parasol Protectorate Series (Gail Carriger) Comics: Hellblazer Preacher Transmetropolitan Planetary The Books of Magic

Tell us a bit about your background.

I’m an artist who likes to tell stories. I started with a BFA in Illustration, and 10 years later got my MFA in Sequential Art (comic books!). My storytelling preferences turned me towards books & prose, though, starting about 4 years ago. Right now I’m happy to keep art and stories separate. I sell fine art and get illustration & graphic design commissions.

Favorite quote?

“A painting is never finished, it simply stops in interesting places…” (Paul Gardner) The same probably holds true for books & stories!!

I’m also fond of things like “perfect is the enemy of the good / done” / “done is the engine for more.”






Review (I has a happy)

My story Agony Chamber got a mention in the first review of Northern Frights.

Take that, Monday.

Northern Frights

Stoked to announce the official release of Northern Frights, an anthology by the Horror Writers of Maine. I have the warm fuzzies for this book: many close friends of mine are in this antho, which was edited by David Price and is being brought to you by Grinning Skull Press.Check out the work of some of Maine’s horror writers!


Martin Campbell Author Duane E. Coffill GD Dearborn Peter Dudar E.J. Fechenda Remy Flagg Joshua Goudreau James Graham April Hawks Harold Hull Leslie Linder John M. McIlveen Holly Newstein Hautala Dale Phillips Glenn Rolfe Leon Roy Angi Shearstone Katherine Silva Juss Stinson-Finlay Lynda Styles Steven LaCroix Thomas Washburn Jr.



Poetry 2017

Goodbye, abandoned snippet. You don’t work.

Decades passed. But time means nothing to the dead. The sun took years to fall from the sky, casting the land into darkness. The earth sped around the sun in the blink of an eye. Time lost its grip on me. I looked into the distant future and the distant past, and found them both empty and lifeless.

Cover Reveal For Abode


COVER REVEAL – ABODE by Morgan Sylvia, created by the multi-talented Renaissance Man, Kealan Patrick Burke

“This multi-layered, darkly poetic tale of a what initially appears to be a haunting in Maine is Morgan’s first novel. It will be released by Bloodshot Books in July, just in time for its debut at Necon.”



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